The first of three houses that Charles Bulfinch designed within ten years for Harrison Gray Otis, a prominent lawyer and member of Congress, the house has served as the headquarters of Historic New England, Inc. (originally the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) since 1916. A meticulously researched and restored house museum, the building retains many features of the elegant Federal-style architecture preferred by Boston's elite in the opening years of the Republic. The vibrantly colored interiors include one of the earliest second-floor drawing rooms in the area. A crisp brick box punctuated with stone band courses and lintels, the First Harrison Gray Otis House is one of the few freestanding late-eighteenth-century houses remaining in Boston and one of few buildings on the north side of Cambridge Street that escaped demolition when the West End was razed in 1958.
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